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Tuesday, 24 November 1959

Mr DAVIDSON - I have seen reports of the kind referred by the honorable member for Parkes. I have also considered the results of a conference that took place some little time ago between Actors Equity, some of the film-producing representatives in Australia and the Australian Broadcasting Control Board. As I have told this House before, the question of the Australian content of programmes is one to which the board is constantly applying itself, and in relation to which it is keeping in very close touch with the licensees. At the conference referred to, which took place not very long ago, it was apparent that Actors Equity was adopting a different approach to the problem from what it had adopted twelve months ago. Certain proposals were put forward by Actors Equity. Certain proposals were also suggested by people like the Crawfords and other film producers. I recently received a lengthy report from the Broadcasting Control Board on the whole matter and I am at present considering it to see whether something useful can be done. Now that television is expanding, the market open to the licensees will also be expanded, I am taking certain action which I do not propose to detail at the moment. I can tell the honorable member, however, that this is a matter which is under constant consideration and is not being neglected.

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